DALLAS (AP) – Ty Jordan, a first-year student at the University of Utah, has died in a Dallas hospital after accidentally shooting himself.
University officials announced Jordan’s death on Saturday, a day after being named Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year, but did not disclose details.
The 19-year-old Jordan died in an emergency at a hospital in Denton at about 10:45 p.m., according to medical investigators.
Police officers responded about an hour earlier to reports of a shooting at a home in Denton, a city 64 miles northeast of downtown Dallas. According to officers, a man accidentally shot himself in the hip and began providing first aid, Allison Beckwith, spokeswoman for Denton police, told The Associated Press. According to her, the man later died in a hospital and that investigators do not know how he would shoot himself.
Beckwith did not want to identify the man by name, but online case records from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner showed Sunday that it was Jordan.
Jordaan’s cause of death has not yet been listed in the records and officials at the medical examiner could not be reached immediately for comment Sunday. Denton police on Sunday did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Jordan emerged as a fullback in Mesquite, a suburb of Dallas, about 80 miles southeast of Denton.
Jeff Neill, the head coach of the high school where Jordan played, told the Dallas Morning News: “His smile was contagious and his spirit shone brightly on everyone who knew him.”